Friday, September 23, 2016

Looking for Inner Peace? Look no further...

(Corrected link) Looking for Inner Peace? Look no further...
Read more and when you order the book, you'll receive Michael's new book of poetry
Peace Within is an inner state that is not dependent upon external circumstances. Because life is always changing and moving like a river, peace within is actually a dynamic process that requires improvisation and skillful maneuvering through the rapids of life.
This comprehensive and integrative process addresses mind, body, heart and soul. And it is a practice, unlike many other approaches, that merges eastern and western practices.
Each module of the book deals with a different dimension of being human and finding Peace Within.

The Peace Within Process
Peace within your day
Peace within your body
Peace within your mind
Peace within your heart
Peace within your self
Peace within your soul
Peace within your relationship
Peace within life
Peace within death

As you read the text and practice the exercises, remember that Peace Within refers to a dynamic, living, integrative peace that grows from the inside out. In time, your inner peace will become less and less dependent upon external circumstances, but rather grow from the inside-out emerging from the great ocean of peace that is always available to all of us, if you know how to access it.
My journey from despair to awakening and living in deeper alignment with the ocean of peace that informs my life day in and day out has been nothing short of amazing!  In the following pages, I refined the essential elements of what I discovered on my journey into a format that I hope resonates with you and helps you find your Peace Within.

"Dr. Michael DeMaria has assembled a unique and powerful workbook to help us find peace and healing, plus freedom from excessive negative feelings. He skillfully integrates practices he has developed over decades as a superior therapist, meditation teacher, yoga instructor, wilderness guide, and musician. Michael provides useful models for thinking about the practices and discusses how he has used the practices in his personal life. With this wonderful manual one discovers ways to improve the health, effectiveness, and pleasure of body, mind, heart, self, soul, and relationships with others and the world."
William Mikulas, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus University of West Florida, author of The Way Beyond and Taming the Drunken Monkey
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A swashbuckling adventure of good v. evil


A swashbuckling adventure of good v. evil
"What an exciting story - full of swashbuckling adventure, magical sword play, fire vs. ice, good vs. evil. I literally stayed up all night to finish this wonderful epic thriller. I hope the author has Hollywood in mind - because Dred Wars would make a fantastic blockbuster!" 
~ Rosina Tinari Wilson, "Your Friendly Copyeditor"
David, an eighteen-year old orphan, is suddenly attacked by a dark beast-like human on the New York City subway. Saved by a sword-wielding priest, he witnesses them in a sword fight beyond his imagination and is launched into an incredible adventure. David learns he has special potential and joins forces with the lightmen, who have been losing the life-or-death battle with the evil dred.

Follow David and his new eclectic companions from one harrowing adventure to the next as they struggle and grow together across the globe fighting for all that's good in the world. Former lovers once separated are reunited against incredible odds that threaten to destroy them again. Their true love faces an unimaginable test as the story races to its climax.

An action-packed urban fantasy that incorporates spiritual themes, epic sword fights, the power to wield fire or ice, brilliant battle strategies, true love, friendship and fantastic unforgettable characters, this exhilarating book will leave you wanting for more. Book Two in the Dred Wars series will be released in 2017.

PO Box 1223, Conifer, CO 80433

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Monday, September 12, 2016

She found Nirvana

She found Nirvana
"A must-read for anyone that is looking to seize more out of life! Linda captivates her readers with fresh ideas and her intimate stories of transformation. She simplifies spiritual growth concepts that most anyone can apply. PICK UP THIS BOOK AND BE READY TO EMBRACE LIFE." 
— Tom Bird, Best-selling Author
 "A must-read for anyone that is looking to seize more out of life! Linda captivates her readers with fresh ideas and her intimate stories of transformation. She simplifies spiritual growth concepts that most anyone can apply. PICK UP THIS BOOK AND BE READY TO EMBRACE LIFE." — Tom Bird, Best-selling Author
Can you imagine a life where your relationships are easy and fill your bucket instead of drain it? Can you see yourself standing tall with unlimited confidence? Now imagine everyone with whom you come into contact seeing you as poised, wise, calm, centered and at peace even during the worst of circumstances. This brings you great respect. It's almost as if people think you mysteriously know something they do not. And perhaps you do. You can have all of that and so much more.

Having peace and fulfillment in your life is not just desirable, it is necessary to fulfill your purpose here. Without it, you may continue to struggle through life on the wrong path. Life wants more from you.You have a purpose here and life is not ready to give up on you. What if you let go of the control and allowed life to come to you instead?

By sharing my personal journey of challenges, weaknesses, fears, resentments, anger, and sadness, I hope that everyone who reads this can have the life they deserve. I was able to find the gold nuggets in my struggles and I want to share those gems with you. I want you to have peace in your life as well. Not just peace, but all the glory that comes with it - a truly gratifying life.

Acquiring peace and fulfillment doesn't require major life changes or risky moves. You can keep the same job, same spouse, same dog, same house and reap these benefits. But keep in mind, when you implement the simple techniques in this book, life is going to open up to you with tremendous opportunity. We were born with a purpose and when we are open and trusting, life shows us the way, our chosen way. It may have big plans for you. Do you want to find this path of inner nirvana? What are you waiting for? Open your mind and your heart to the idea of living this life. Come with me on this journey.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Fun of Growing Forever (Spiritually Speaking) by Roberta Grimes

The Fun of Growing Forever (Spiritually Speaking) by Roberta Grimes
Roberta has once again us us another wonderful book in helping to guide us along our spiritual path while struggling in a human body. She leaves the reader feeling uplifted and hopeful about the future. What I found most helpful was her in-depth writing on the true teachings of Jesus. It all makes real sense after having been brought up in a strict Catholic upbringing. Thanks Roberta....keep those books coming.  ~Lorna M.
Thanks to extensive correspondences between the afterlife evidence and the teachings of Jesus, for the first time we know the purpose of human life! And we are learning how to make the most of our lives, both while we are on earth and forevermore.

The book is very clear, and the exercises she proposes are easy to understand and follow. Besides that, the joy and humor that she filters into her writing, lead us to sincerely believe that growing spiritually is easy. 

Growing spiritually is NOT easy. We, human beings, need to do a lot of soul searching, and a lot of internal cleaning. Inside ourselves there are painful memories, open wounds and dark zones that we have tried to evade, but need to heal. Before thinking that we just require a change of mental attitude and disposition to forgive, thank and love, we require to be COURAGEOUS and HONEST to discover what is hiding inside us that needs to be healed.

Like Jung said: "One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious."

If we put Courage and Honesty upfront, and we face our wounds and demons, then true Forgiveness and Gratitude can come out of our hearts.

On the other hand, this book is a good way to start your internal search. It is a great book! It was written with a lot of passion and deep concern for our Spiritual Evolution. It can help you to grow spiritually without falling in the traps of religion, and to concentrate on Christ's teachings, which Mrs. Grimes truly comprehends and practices.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016


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We are all connected

We are all connected
About the Book
In this extraordinary book, A Drop of Water: A Spiritual Journey, Yvonne reflects upon her past experiences, grief, and losses to find her way back to her spirituality and strength. She bares her soul, yet is able to use water as a lighthearted, uninhibited, and fun way to express how we are all connected.

It is a spiritually inspired book about healing, grief, and personal growth. It becomes a beautiful poetic journey as she discovers her love of water as part of what led her towards her spiritual path. Through her writing she is able to express how she was able to find her way through several tremendous losses, including the loss of her husband, and find strength she never knew she had.

Who is "A Drop of Water" for?

This book is for anyone that has ever struggled with depression, grief, or loss of any kind. It is for anyone interested in personal growth and healing. By sharing her personal story she is able to remind us that we are never truly alone, using something we can all understand, water.

A Drop of Water 
 is a healing, inspiring stream of consciousness to remind us that we are all connected. Author and therapist, Yvonne Williams Casaus brings us in to the experience and processing of the unthinkable: what it is like when a loved one is taken from us. Even more devastating is that the Loved One was her husband, and that he took his own life.

We see resilience and great courage of the human spirit in the unfolding hero's journey that Yvonne lived through. She takes us on her healing journey to allow us a glimpse of her travel to hell, and back. Through story, insight and inspiration, Yvonne offers a lifeline to help us process our grief through the healing waters of life.

Her beautiful story reminds us that we are never separate. With hope, community and presence, we can make it to the other side of grief…and regardless of the form in which we show up, physical or eternal, this life or next, we are all profoundly connected.
~Rev. Evelyn Foreman, MDiv., Ordained Unity Minister 
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Friday, September 2, 2016

Feather Schwartz Foster Update


Be sure to check out Brandy Centalonza's super article that appeared a few days ago in the Wydaily.  Here is the link! 

Monday, September 12 – at 8AM – Radio WXGM, Gloucester, VA: The Neal Steele Show.   I will provide a link to the program next month.

Friday, September 2 -  10 a.m. -2 p.m. -  William & Mary Bookstore, Merchants Sq., Williamsburg, VA

Friday, September 16 -  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  William & Mary Bookstore, Merchants Sq., Williamsburg, VA 

Sunday, September 25 -  3 PM – The York County Historical Committee  - York Hall, Main St. Yorktown, VA

Note to my Williamsburg-area friends:  I will send out more information and a flyer on this shortly.  It is a free lecture on "Traveling with Martha Washington."  Put it on your calendar!

Contact Feather Schwartz Foster to arrange a speaking speaking engagement or a phone-in session with your book club!

"Mary Lincoln's Flannel Pajamas"
and other stories from the First Ladies' Closet

Nifty gift for all occasions!

Available in trade paperback, hard cover and e-book.  
Order now at amazon - 
or Barnes & Noble   

Super-duper hourlong podcast on 
 If you haven't tuned in, check it out!  Delightful (honest!!) PODCAST.  Downloadable via the internet, I–tunes or whatever else… 

Another podcast    "History Personified: A Mile in Their Shoes"  It was loads of fun!


New blog stories for you!  You will enjoy them!                          The Lincolns and the Actors                        Wilmer McLean: A Plague on Both His Houses                          Ellen Wilson's Great Sadness                   Lincoln's First General: Winfield Scott: